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CILIP Privacy Briefing - Programme
Tue, November 28
9:15 am

Registration and refreshments


10:00 am

Chair's welcome


Martyn Wade
10:10 am

Privacy, surveillance and the information profession: challenges, qualifications, and dilemmas?

As information professionals our ethical values can clash with societal or governmental values. In the area of privacy, we are tasked with maintaining “respect for confidentiality and privacy in dealing with information users”. Yet this places us in potential opposition with both significant numbers of people within society, and governments who seek to expand surveillance. As privacy is a qualified right, we must seek to understand a range of views on the extent of intrusive surveillance, while contributing robustly to the public debates on where qualifications should lie. This presentation explores the range of issues this dilemma presents to us.

David McMenemy
10:40 am

Are you ready for GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in the UK in May 2018 increasing fines for breaches to a figure of €20 million. This will affect all libraries, who will need a nominated Data Protection Officer. The aim of the talk is to discuss some of the things libraries need to think about in order to be “GDPR ready”.

Benjamin White
11:10 am



11:40 am

Protecting citizens' privacy in your library

How can you support citizens in general and more specifically users of your service in protecting their privacy online? Newcastle Libraries have started taking steps to support citizens but there are several aspects to consider, including: educating people about the issue and about the tools available to protect their privacy online, offering privacy-enhancing tools on library computers, being transparent in how user information is handled when using library services, reviewing policies for handling user information, talking to online services suppliers about their own practices.

Aude Charillon
12:10 pm

Opening up access to research outputs – a research funder perspective

As a global research foundation, the Wellcome Trust has been a passionate advocate of open access to research publications and data sharing for many years. In July 2017, we published an updated policy on managing and sharing research data, software and materials. This policy affirmed our long-standing commitment to ensure that the outputs of research we fund are made available to the wider research community in a timely manner with as few restrictions as possible – so that they can be accessed and used in ways that maximise the benefit to health and society. Our policy recognises that the optimal approach for sharing data and other research outputs will vary from case to case and that controls and limits on sharing are often required, for example to safeguard the privacy and confidentiality of research participants or to enable intellectual property to be protected and used for health benefit. This talk will outline our policies as a research funder, and how we seek to open up access to research outputs whilst recognising and addressing the associated trade-offs and challenges.

David Carr
12:40 pm



1:40 pm

Personal data versus transparency: a Government perspective

Privacy of personal data collides with the public interest in having open access to official materials and records. For Government to provide open, perpetual online access to information means working within changing legal and ethical boundaries. Combining resources may reveal unknown sensitivities. This presentation will explore the responsibilities and opportunities from The National Archives' perspective using examples of how this works in practice.

Malcolm Todd
2:10 pm

Online you never walk alone: pervasive internet monitoring

The recently passed Investigatory Powers Bill creates a new power for the authorities to access the websites we visited and apps we used for the past 12 months. In the wake of the Snowden leaks, this has raised concerns about excessive surveillance that can stop people from reading or writing certain materials. Indeed similar data retention measures were declared illegal, twice, by the Court of Justice of the EU. And it’s not just governments, advertising companies track every move we make online in order to tailor their offers, with this data now being used for political profiling.

Javier Ruiz Diaz
2:40 pm



3:10 pm

Data Literacy – increasing privacy by decoding big data


Stephen Wyber
3:40 pm

Panel discussion and Q&A


4:20 pm

Chair's summing up


4:30 pm



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